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Catherine, Tanzania: I used to be so poor, but things have changed for the better

Catherine lives in the Sanya watershed of Tanzania. She describes her life before Plant With Purpose as normal, though what was normal in Sanya is what many of us would consider extremely difficult. The burdens of poverty made it difficult for her to provide the life she desired for her children. “I am 44, and […]
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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Navigating Complexity: Why the easy way isn’t always the best way

One of the most important parts of Plant With Purpose’s work is measuring its efficacy. This is also one of the most difficult parts. As we apply our model of Community Designed Restoration© (CDR) to rural watersheds across the globe, we want to ensure that our work is having its intended impact. As trees are […]
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Benjamín, DR: Leadership is knowing how to serve people, knowing the problems of your community

Benjamín has been a member of Plant With Purpose's program as a Dominican Republic farmer for four years. In that time he has applied his new knowledge and practices and seen his life improve alongside his community's. We had a chance to ask Benjamín a few questions about his experience and outlook. What challenges did […]
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Sustainability Glossary for a Greener Planet

Your guide to environmental buzzwords and important ideas to help restore our world We have created a sustainability glossary for you! In the world of sustainability, there is no shortage of buzzwords. Even the term sustainability is often overused and misunderstood. When terms become extremely popular, it's a good indicator that there is enthusiasm for […]
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Revisiting the Congo: A year after opening for oil drilling

With significant climate implications. The Congo Basin Rainforest is the second largest rainforest in the world and hosts about 70% of Africa’s tree cover. With a large portion of the rainforest made of peatlands, it serves as a powerful carbon sink. Disrupting it would be a significant loss in our efforts to maintain a livable […]
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Nala Jakor: "Working with tree seedlings helps me build intimacy with God"

"I believe that everything has its own time and that life has seasons of high and low," begins Nala Jakor. Farmers who work closely with the land are perhaps the most familiar with the seasonality of life. Nala Jakor and her husband Nakorn have endured several drastic ups and downs. The two of them are […]
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Filomena: "I believed that God would help me."

Before Filomena partnered with Plant With Purpose, she was living an unhappy life.  “I was living very unhappy because I had to stay with my in-laws, underneath the same roof. I was unhappy because I was not comfortable doing anything that I wanted. I wanted to have my own house so that I could move […]
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The environmental connection between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

In May of 2004, an extraordinary rain drenched the mountains of Haiti, in a place I had never heard of before, called Fonds Verrettes. We are used to the hurricanes: Georges, Ivan, Gustave, Ike, Sandy, Matthew; but the storm that brought this rain didn’t even have a name.  Over the course of a week, almost […]
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Teresa: “I always knew God can do everything."

Teresa talks about the transformation of her life, before and after partnering with Plant With Purpose. “Before, my life was a real challenge. I worked a lot but the money was never enough because I didn't know how to manage myself,” she told us. “I wasted money on things that did not improve my living […]
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Espoir: In the years to come, I will not have problems teaching my children.

Espoir and Kaneza live in the Nyengwe watershed of Burundi. While Burundi is one of the countries most afflicted by poverty, Espoir and Kaneza demonstrate a way out. "Before we joined Plant With Purpose Burundi, I was not able to feed my children sufficiently. Our production was very low due to the lack of agricultural […]
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Deborah: "I can get water anytime"

Deborah is a 36 year old woman married to a 38 year old husband, a member of a Purpose Group. They had been blessed with 3 children of whom two are daughters and one son.  Before she partnered with Plant With Purpose she was a housewife who did labor work in the village. “I was […]
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Ethiopia to Carlsbad: A round-the-globe look at Plant With Purpose

Over the course of the past few months, much of our Plant With Purpose team has been around the globe to connect with our international programs, our supporters, and each other. As we transition into fall, we look back at a few late summer highlights from the Plant With Purpose global community with appreciation and […]
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Checking in with the women of Plant With Purpose Mexico

"My way of thinking has changed a bit," begins Maricela Luisa, a Purpose Group member in Mexico. In our programs around Oaxaca, Puebla, and Chiapas, the work is as much about identity and purpose as it is about planting trees. For women in Mexico who have faced marginalization and poverty, this approach leads to some transformative […]
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Jordan: From Chaos to Change

In Plant With Purpose's programs, financial or environmental transformation is just an outward manifestation of spiritual change that has taken place internally. Our partner, Jordan, a farmer in Burundi exemplifies this process very clearly. As the lessons he learned from the Seeds of Change curriculum sank in, it not only gave him a new way […]
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The Early Stages: Hearing from some of our newest Purpose Groups in Thailand

We love to share stories of transformation. Of course, transformation is a process. When you invest in our programs, the most exciting results become apparent years down the line. However, there are some changes that can be noticed fairly early on. While a newly planted tree will still be quite small a few months down […]
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